The Victoria and Albert has been on my list for years of places that I wanted to visit. Finally, on my last trip to London, I made it. It was worth the wait.
I loved the fashion wing with the different era’s beautiful clothes lovingly displayed.
After such fashionable beauty, I tackled the museum, exploring the vast halls. It is massive.
It was incredibly large, and the hallways went on forever. Even with my map I had to stop to ask the guards directions several times. I was looking for a room filled with Constable water-color sketches. It was a maze.
Finally I found them in a very dim room under glass. I couldn’t use any flash and it was hard to photograph them, but take my word…they were exquisite.
My day was complete. Back out on the wet streets of London, I was totally at peace. Constable can do that for you.
Wow, I never even knew this museum existed. Surprising, especially with it being so huge! Your photos of the fashion wing make it look like lots of fun. Do you know if the building(s) used to be something else prior to this museum? Seems alot of space, and doesn’t look like something built recently.
I believe it began with the Great Exhibition of 1851–I assume that is a precursor of our World’s Fairs. It actually first opened in 1852 and was transferred to this site occupied by the Brompton Park House in 1857. From then on it was expanded and added on to, taking on the name Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899 when the foundation was laid for the Aston Webb Building, which I assume is the main grand entrance building. Rather a long, interesting history.
That would make sense. No other way they could have captured that much space in such a crowded, established city, lol. Coincidentally, I caught a short documentary on TCM about the Great Exhibition. It was like one of those little “news reels” they used to play in the movie theaters. Really fascinating stuff. And here we are so impressed with ourselves for our “great accomplishments” in modern days. Thanks for the tip off. Might have to check it out if Lord willing I get back to London in March.